|Project by SPalm||posted 10-16-2007 04:44 AM||33018 views||94 times favorited||43 comments|
I have spent the last several years pursuing the build of a CNC router. It was a demanding experience, knowing absolutely nothing about the subject, either hardware or software. I now have it in a condition where I can use it, instead of designing and building it. It is completely designed and built by me. This is the third generation of the build and is really in a usable state. It can cut 3/4” hardwoods at a decent clip of around 2 inches a second and is basically rock solid. It is built mostly of Baltic Birch, has dual leadscrews for the long axis, and special V-bearings riding on the rails. A few months ago I added a tail vise so I could route with the work piece held vertically. So now I can route dovetails and fancy mortise and tenons etc. It can also do the more standard horizontal work of part profile cutting, sign making, rosette carving, and such.
It is fun to watch and I learned a lot. Now I need to get back to woodworking.
Edit: A two part blog on this build is here.
Here are some example cuts that I did while building it:
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